Gold-medal biking at Utah ski resorts this summer

Options • Ride a lift for access to hundreds of miles of trails.

By Brett Prettyman The Salt Lake Tribune

Published June 12th 2012 4:41 pm



Plenty of gold medals have been handed out in Park City, but the most recent comes from a summer event rather than one involving snow.

The International Mountain Biking Association recently named the Park City area as a Gold Level Ride Center.

Not only did Park City earn the gold, the biking community broke a record in the process, earning a score of 96 out of a possible 100. It's the first time a score higher than 90 has been totaled.

To tally the score, judges looked at several criteria including number of miles, quality of trails, quality of rooms and restaurants, bike shops, trailhead facilities, bike parks, brew pubs, and cooperation from government agencies, businesses and land owners.

Most of the mountain-biking opportunities in Park City are provided by the three ski resorts: Canyons, Deer Valley and Park City Mountain.

Here's a look at how those resorts, and others across the state, will be accommodating mountain bikers this summer.

Brian Head • Weekend lift service, which provides access to mountain-biking trails, begins Saturday, June 23, at this southern Utah resort. Lift rates are $24 for a day biker and $10 for a single ride. Bike rentals available. The resort has a bike terrain park with jumps, drops, walls, ladders and wooden elements. The resort also provides access to backcountry trails through a shuttle.

Canyons Resort • The second season of the Canyons Bike Park is under way. It's billed as the only lift-served "flow riding park," with a variety of dirt and wood features. The park is part of more than 20 miles of cross-country trails throughout the resort. Mountain-bike clinics, private lessons and bike rentals are available. Summer season passes for Canyons Bike Park are $149.

Deer Valley Resort • Lift-served mountain biking, rentals and lessons begin Friday, June 15, at this resort, which has about 60 miles of panoramic trails. Lifts operate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A summer season pass is $360.

Park City Mountain Resort • The PayDay and Town lifts are open for mountain-bike access. A day pass is $20, single ride $11 and a season pass $210.

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort • The Aerial Tram provides access to ample trails -- especially for experienced bikers. Rentals are available at the Activity Center on the Plaza Deck. Aerial Tram rides are $16 for adults and $14 for children 7-16. A summer season pass is $75.

Snowbasin Ski Resort • Summer activities begin Saturday, June 16, with the Needle Gondola running on weekends only through early October. This Ogden resort has more than 26 miles of trails and an additional 50 miles of Forest Service trails that can be accessed from the resort.

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Plenty of gold medals have been handed out in Park City, but the most recent comes from a summer event rather than one involving snow.

The International Mountain Biking Association recently named the Park City area as a Gold Level Ride Center.

Not only did Park City earn the gold, the biking community broke a record in the process, earning a score of 96 out of a possible 100. It's the first time a score higher than 90 has been totaled.

To tally the score, judges looked at several criteria including number of miles, quality of trails, quality of rooms and restaurants, bike shops, trailhead facilities, bike parks, brew pubs, and cooperation from government agencies, businesses and land owners.

Most of the mountain-biking opportunities in Park City are provided by the three ski resorts: Canyons, Deer Valley and Park City Mountain.

Here's a look at how those resorts, and others across the state, will be accommodating mountain bikers this summer.

Brian Head • Weekend lift service, which provides access to mountain-biking trails, begins Saturday, June 23, at this southern Utah resort. Lift rates are $24 for a day biker and $10 for a single ride. Bike rentals available. The resort has a bike terrain park with jumps, drops, walls, ladders and wooden elements. The resort also provides access to backcountry trails through a shuttle.

Canyons Resort • The second season of the Canyons Bike Park is under way. It's billed as the only lift-served "flow riding park," with a variety of dirt and wood features. The park is part of more than 20 miles of cross-country trails throughout the resort. Mountain-bike clinics, private lessons and bike rentals are available. Summer season passes for Canyons Bike Park are $149.

Deer Valley Resort • Lift-served mountain biking, rentals and lessons begin Friday, June 15, at this resort, which has about 60 miles of panoramic trails. Lifts operate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A summer season pass is $360.

Park City Mountain Resort • The PayDay and Town lifts are open for mountain-bike access. A day pass is $20, single ride $11 and a season pass $210.

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort • The Aerial Tram provides access to ample trails -- especially for experienced bikers. Rentals are available at the Activity Center on the Plaza Deck. Aerial Tram rides are $16 for adults and $14 for children 7-16. A summer season pass is $75.

Snowbasin Ski Resort • Summer activities begin Saturday, June 16, with the Needle Gondola running on weekends only through early October. This Ogden resort has more than 26 miles of trails and an additional 50 miles of Forest Service trails that can be accessed from the resort. [2] =>

Solitude Resort • Summer activities begin Friday, June 22. Lift-served biking to more than 20 miles is available on the Sunrise chair Friday-Sunday. Bike rentals are available. A single ride is $7, all-day pass $16 and a five-ride pass $29.

Sundance Resort • This Utah County resort provides more than 25 miles of single-track trails. A Mountain Biking School is a good place for riders to learn the ins and outs of the sport or to hone their skills.

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